100 Interesting Facts About Frogs

Facts About Frogs: Frogs are amphibians of the genus Anura. They are famous for their jump (world record for body size) and rainy season (breeding season).

Attempts are often made to distinguish between the toad and the cola. Kuno frogs are more common in dry places and cola frogs are more common in humid places or in water. But no bank other than the Buffotide family is called Kuno Frog. In addition to these, there are many other types of frogs, such as frogs, chameleon-like frogs, pink frogs, yellow frogs, Darwin's Frog (Mexican Borrowing Todd), etc.

Among the different species of frogs, some are nocturnal and some are cold-blooded. The branch of science that deals with amphibians and reptiles is called herpetology and the scientists who work with these animals are called herpetologists.

Frogs have a role in human diet. It also has many cultural roles in literature, symbols and religion. The Sanskrit name of the frog is Dardur from which the Bengali name Dadur or Daduri comes. Another name is Vek.

At one time, flocks of frogs were found in large numbers in rural areas, especially in Chile, Ghana, Costa Rica, and Panama. Now their habitat has dwindled, and a special kind of fungal disease is spreading. As a result, their number is facing the threat of extinction day by day.

100 Interesting Facts About Frogs

Scary Facts About Frogs

  • A frog is an amphibian.
  • Frogs sleep with their open eyes.
  • African frogs are the best jumpers in the frog world.
  • The longest jump ever recorded by frog was 33.6 inches.
  • The longest jump ever recorded by frog was 33.6 inches.
  • Frog legs are eaten by humans in many parts of the world.
  • The average lifespan of a frog is between 10 to 14 years.
  • Frogs can be found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica.
  • The tadpoles hatch after 2 weeks and drop into the water.
  • The golden dart frog’s skin could kill up to 1,000 people.
  • The golden dart frog’s skin could kill up to 1,000 people.
  • Frogs who have no tongues use their fingers to catch prey.
  • Some frogs can jump over 20 times of their own body height.
  • Frogs sleep with their open eyes.
  • Frogs hibernate in the winter time.
  • A group of toads is called a ‘knot’.
  • The Cuban tree toad is one of the smallest frogs in the world.
  • Not all frogs have webbed toes. Not all frogs have webbed toes.
  • Female frogs are hard to find as they are silent most of the time.
  • Frogs have a moist skin layer which is covered with mucous glands.
  • Frogs have a moist skin layer which is covered with mucous glands.

Cool Facts About Frogs

  • There is another type of poison dart frog called the blue-jeans frog.
  • Frogs do not need to drink water as they absorb it through their skin.
  • An ear of the frog is called tympanum and it is located just behind the eye.
  • Frogs have a sticky tongue and use its muscular tongue to catch and swallow food.
  • Launched by their long legs, many frogs can leap more than 20 times their body length.
  • A frog’s call is unique to its species, and some frog calls can be heard up to a mile away.
  • There are over 6,000 species of frogs worldwide. Scientists continue to search for new ones.
  • There are two frogs in the world that have tails, the coastal tailed frog and the mountain tailed frog.
  • There are two frogs in the world that have tails including the coastal tailed frog and the mountain tailed frog.
  • There is also another type of poison dart frog which is called the blue jeans frog it has a red body with blue legs
  • While the life spans of frogs in the wild are unknown, frogs in captivity have been known to live more than 20 years.
  • There is evidence that frogs have roamed the Earth for more than 200 million years, at least as long as the dinosaurs.
  • Toads are frogs. The word "toad" is usually used for frogs that have warty and dry skin, as well as shorter hind legs.
  • Among Darwin frogs, it is the male who swallows and stores the developing tadpoles in his vocal sac until juvenile frogs emerge.
  • In Egypt the frog is the symbol of life and fertility, and in Egyptian mythology Heget is a frog-goddess who represents fertility.
  • Frogs are freshwater creatures, although some frogs such as the Florida leopard frog are able to live in brackish or nearly completely salt waters.

True Facts About Frogs

  • The marsupial frog keeps her eggs in a pouch like a kangaroo. When the eggs hatch into tadpoles, she opens the pouch with her toes and spills them into the water.
  • The Costa Rican flying tree frog soars from branch to branch with the help of its feet. Webbing between the frog's fingers and toes extends out, helping the frog glide.
  • The world's largest frog is the goliath frog of West Africa—it can grow to 15 inches and weigh up to 7 pounds. A goliath frog skeleton is featured in Frogs: A Chorus of Colors.
  • Frogs and Toads have flattened skulls.
  • Each frog species has a distinct croak.
  • Tadpoles have no lungs, they have gills.
  • There is a frog in Indonesia that has no lungs.
  • Dart-poison frogs are found in Central and South America. Nearly 100 individual dart-poison frogs representing 10 species are housed in two separate enclosures in the exhibition.
  • Smokey jungle frogs (Leptodactylus pentadactylus) are semiaquatic frogs with powerful thigh muscles. These frogs, found in Central and South America, are often used in gourmet cuisine.
  • To blend into the environment, the Budgett's frog is muddy brown in color, while the Vietnamese mossy frog has spotty skin and bumps to make them look like little clumps of moss or lichen.
  • The Australian water-holding frog is a desert dweller that can wait up to seven years for rain. It burrows underground and surrounds itself in a transparent cocoon made of its own shed skin.
  • Frogs swallow their food using their eyes.
  • The study of frogs is called Herpetologists.
  • Frogs stop growing once they reach adulthood.
  • The Ornate Horned is the most aggressive frog.
  • White-lipped bright-eyed frogs (Boophis albilabris) are found in the trees of rainforests of eastern Madagascar. Males develop dark, callus-like bumps on the head, chest, and forelimbs during mating season.

Facts About Frogs For Kids

  • Frogs were the first land animals with vocal cords. Male frogs have vocal sacs—pouches of skin that fill with air. These balloons resonate sounds like a megaphone, and some frog sounds can be heard from a mile away.
  • Frogs breathe through their nostrils.
  • Frogs breathe through their nostrils.
  • A group of frogs is called an ‘army’.
  • There is a frog in Indonesia that has no lungs.
  • Frogs cannot live in the sea or any salt water.
  • The purple frog rediscovered in India has no head.
  • There are over 5000 frog species found in the world.
  • African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) are almost completely aquatic and are found in stagnant pools, puddles, and streams. They originated in sub-Saharan Africa, but can now be found in freshwater habitats worldwide.
  • Frogs cannot live in the sea or any salt water.
  • In warmer water, the eggs of frogs grow faster.
  • Every type of frog makes its own special sound.
  • Frogs are carnivores, which means they eat meat.
  • Due to their permeable skin, typically biphastic life (aquatic larvae and terrestrial adults), and mid-position in the food web frogs and other amphibians are excellent biological indicators of the wider health of ecosystems.
  • Mexican dumpy frogs (Pachymedusa dacnicolor) are from the semi-arid subtropical lowland forests of Mexico. They spend almost their entire lives off the ground, living in tree canopies on branches and leaves, and are excellent climbers. 
  • Smooth-sided toads (Rhaebo guttatus) native to northern South America, are one of the few toads (a subset of frogs) with smooth skin. They are active both day and night hunting for prey that includes mice, birds, snakes, and other frogs.
  • Giant monkey frogs (Phyllomedusa bicolor)are found in the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon. Males call from high above the ground and descend to branches just above ponds to mate. The call is a loud “cluck” followed by several short, lower-pitched notes.
  • Ornate horned frogs (Ceratophrys ornata) live in grasslands and prairies in Uruguay, Brazil, and northern Argentina. They have voracious appetites but are not built to chase prey. Instead, they bury themselves in loose soil and pounce on small animals that pass by.
  • Borneo eared frogs (Polypedates otilophus) are indigenous to Borneo, Sumatra, and other Indonesian islands. Females lay eggs in foam nests attached to branches overhanging the water. They create the nests by beating a frothy secretion into foam with their hind legs.

100 Fun Facts About Frogs And Toads

  • The wood frog can live north of the Arctic Circle, surviving for weeks with 65 percent of its body frozen. This frog uses glucose in its blood as a kind of antifreeze that concentrates in its vital organs, protecting them from damage while the rest of the body freezes solid.
  • The gastric brooding frog of Australia swallows her fertilized eggs. The tadpoles remain in her stomach for up to eight weeks, finally hopping out of her mouth as little frogs. During the brooding period, gastric secretions cease—otherwise she would digest her own offspring.
  • African bullfrogs (Pyxicephalus adspersus) are native to sub-Saharan Africa and can grow to 8 inches in length. During times of drought, they are able to live without food or water for months by burrowing underground and hibernating; when it rains, they re-emerge to eat and mate.
  • Almost all frogs fertilize the eggs outside of the female's body. The male holds the female around the waist in a mating hug called amplexus. He fertilizes the eggs as the female lays them. Amplexus can last hours or days. One pair of Andean toads stayed in amplexus for four months.
  • Frogs have excellent night vision and are very sensitive to movement. The bulging eyes of most frogs allow them to see in front, to the sides, and partially behind them. When a frog swallows food, it pulls its eyes down into the roof of its mouth, to help push the food down its throat.
  • Oriental fire-bellied toads (Bombina orientalis) are found in ponds, lakes, and rice paddies in Korea, northeastern China, and southeastern Russia. Their green and black backs serve as protective camouflage, while their bright orange bellies warn potential predators of toxic skin secretions.
  • Long-nosed horned frogs (Megophrys nasuta), indigenous to the rainforests of Sumatra, Borneo, Indonesia, and Malaysia, are leaf mimics. Their pointed snouts, projections over their eyes, and ridged “veins” running down their backs help them disappear among the leaf litter on the forest floor.
  • American bullfrogs (Lithobates catesbeianus) are found in ponds, lakes, and slow-moving streams throughout the U.S. The females lay 20,000 eggs at one time, and the tadpoles take up to two years to metamorphose. The bullfrog has a diverse diet, from crayfish and other frogs to small mammals and birds.
  • Like all amphibians, frogs are cold-blooded, meaning their body temperatures change with the temperature of their surroundings. When temperatures drop, some frogs dig burrows underground or in the mud at the bottom of ponds. They hibernate in these burrows until spring, completely still and scarcely breathing.
  • Brazilian milk frogs (Trachycephalus resinifictrix), named for the poisonous, white secretion that this frog may produce when threatened, breed in water-filled holes high in trees. The male cares for the eggs after he fertilizes them. After the eggs hatch, he will lure another female to the same hole to lay a second batch of eggs, which become food for the tadpoles.
  • Many poisonous frogs, such as the golden poison frog and dyeing poison frog, are boldly colored to warn predators of their dangerous toxic skins. Some colorful frogs, such as the Fort Randolph robber frog, have developed the same coloring as a coexisting poisonous species. Although their skins are not toxic, these mimics may gain protection from predators by looking dangerous.
  • Tomato frogs (Dyscophus antongilii) are native to the lowlands of Madagascar. Because of their bright colors, these frogs are popular with pet owners and collectors. Though many frogs are bred in captivity, over-collection of wild frogs could still be a major problem. Frogs that live on islands or in small populations are most at risk. Tomato frogs have been given priority protection by international law.
  • Pipa pipa, the Suriname toad of South America (an enlarged model of a female with froglets is featured in the Museum's Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians), carries her young embedded in the skin of her back. After mating, the eggs sink gradually into the female's back, and a skin pad forms over the eggs. The developing juvenile frogs are visible inside their pockets for several days before hatching. They emerge over a period of days, thrusting their head and forelegs out first, then struggling free.

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